TRAVERSE CITY — Richard Ray Trapp, 88, of Traverse City, died on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Munson Hospice House surrounded by his family.
Richard was born on Feb. 28, 1924, in Monroe, to the late John F. and Florene (Dull) Trapp. On March 23, 1946, he married Angeline Veronica Beaubien. For most of their married lives, the Trapps resided in Monroe and raised two wonderful children together.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1947, he became a meat-cutter and worked in several grocery stores over the course of his career. In addition, he attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, where he studied to become a deacon. He was ordained and served at St. Michael's Parish in Monroe. In 1983, he and Ann retired and moved to Traverse City.
As a deacon at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Richard and Ann worked extensively with the Marriage Encounter program. He especially enjoyed his time with the youth of the parish.
Richard believed in living life to its fullest. From roller-blading and kayaking, to playing his dobro and reading Tony Hillerman mysteries, Richard strove to remain active. He will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Surviving Richard are his children, Martin (Jaye Lynn) Trapp and Nancy VanDemark; grandchildren, J. Noel Trapp, David VanDemark, Chad (Jenny) VanDemark and Stacie (Chris) Adams; great-grandchildren, Derek, Samantha, Amanda and Brandon; his siblings, Myron Trapp and Alice (John) Julien, and his many other family members and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Angeline, his parents, two sisters and a brother.
Visitation for Richard will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A prayer service, officiated by Deacon Rene Hoenscheid, will take place at 5 p.m.
Richard will be buried next to his wife at St. Charles Cemetery in Newport. A memorial service will be held this spring for Richard's downstate friends and family.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Munson Hospice House, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please sign Richard's online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com. The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home is serving the family.